The LEGO Batman Movie
Rated PG for rude humor and some action In theaters Feb. 10 OK for kids 6+ Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels
In the spirit of irreverent fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide hit, the self-described leading man of that ensemble -- LEGO Batman -- gets his own big-screen adventure. There are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others, and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Directed by Chris McKay, this movie stars Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, and Ralph Fiennes. View the trailer.
Rated PG for action and language In theaters Feb. 24 OK for kids 6+ Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels
The Tibetan Mastiffs living on Snow Mountain have one goal: guard a peaceful village of wool-making sheep from the thuggish wolf Linnux (Lewis Black) and his rabid pack. To avoid distractions, Mastiff leader Khampa (J.K. Simmons) forbids all music from the mountain. But when his son Bodi (Luke Wilson) discovers a radio dropped by a passing airplane, it takes just a few guitar licks for his fate to be sealed: Bodi wants to be a rock star. But that means defying his father's wishes, heading to the city, and locating the legendary musician Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard), who needs to write a new song and fast. If Bodi can put a band together, help Angus with his song, and defeat the wolves' plot to take Snow Mountain, his life will be in tune. Directed by Ash Brannon, this fun movie also stars Kenan Thompson, Mae Whitman, Jorge Garcia, Matt Dillon, and Sam Elliott. View the trailer.
The Great Wall
Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy action violence In theaters Feb. 17 OK for kids 13+ Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
Starring Matt Damon and directed by visual stylist Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), this movie tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world's most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou, this is the largest film ever shot entirely in China. The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, and Andy Lau. View the trailer.
One Reel - Even the Force can't save it. Two Reels - Coulda been a contender. Three Reels -Something to talk about. Four Reels - You want the truth? Great flick! Five Reels - Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.